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Old 26 August 2006, 12:26   #1
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Launching Southampton Area

Looking for some local info. I usually launch at Chichester but am now looking for somewhere nearer to home.
Anybody got any recomendations for the Southampton - Portsmouth area.
What i'm looking for is somewhere I can launch keeping the kids and wife dry. I've never really bothered about this point before as I'm usually on my own, and has somewhere I can tie the boat up to whilst I'm faffing around parking the car and securing the trailer.
After we have launched I shall be teaching my son how to handle the boat. He has some experience but needs refreshing.
Ideally this place would also have decent parking for a car and trailer and not have a reputation for break ins.
Any advice will be welcome. I suppose its also possible that such a place doesn't exist.
Although I've launched at Warsash and the River itchen in the past I'm not convinced these are the ideal places. Certainly somewhere to tie the boat up safely whilst I'm faffing around isn't easily come by at these places.

Oh and one last one has good access at most states of tide.

Is there anywhere on the New Forest side of Southampton water ? or have I missed somewhere along the Hamble.
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Old 26 August 2006, 12:46   #2
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A few people have launched their boat under the itchen bridge, driven it along to Shamrock Quay marina, whilst someone else has driven the car and trailer round. The trailer is then stored in the locked yard and the car is in the car park. 24 hour presence and CCTV should mean its pretty secure. Something similar might be available the other side of Soton Water, I'm sure someone on here will know!

I guess it depends on whether the wife can drive the trailer round while you drive the boat. Parking is free for the car and i think the trailer storage works out at about £3.50 per night at Shamrock.
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Old 26 August 2006, 12:48   #3
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Afraid the wife is a bit scared of driving in new areas. Bit of a no go really with the missus but something worth considering.

Have you any directions for Shamrock Quay please.
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Try here for directions:

http://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/marinas/...ay/find_us.php

They operate hoist facilities mon - fri but for a small boat the cost is quite expensive compared to launching for free on a slipway! Just round the corner Saxon Wharf have a slipway, not sure what state its in or whether they would allow the public to use it even for a small fee. Might be worth a call though, 02380339490.
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Just spoke to Wife. She says she'll drive the car if it doesn't involve any reversing. So thats sorted.
I'll give Shamrock Quay a try.

Is it available every day ?
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Old 26 August 2006, 12:59   #6
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Yep they are open everyday, prob best to give them a ring so they know you are coming! If your thinking bout leaving the boat overnight in the marina I would def check out the costs of that first but trailer storage seems good value for money short term.
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Its just for a day trip.

Probably launch about lunchtime and land about 1800 hours. Nothing fancy but it will be good to find somewhere secure to leave the car and trailer.

I,ve looked at the Marina plan http://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/marinas/.../site_plan.php

Where do you tie up to pick up your passengers and where do you park the car.

Is there an office to report to and pay any fees ?

Many thanks.
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The Camber slip in Portsmouth isnt too bad. Its useable most of the time, is normally free (or £2 if theyve bothered to put the barrier down but I understand it's broken) theres a trailer park next to the slip (or park behind Ken Browns for free). If you want to refresh your sons memory on the driving front round the corner where the fishing boats tie up is normally fairly clear to practise slow speed stuff.
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Have you got any directions please for the slip.
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